Upcoming events (2016)
Symposium at Yale University
"Georgian Orthodoxy: The Revival of Art and Religion in the Caucasus"
Date: March 4, 2016
Time: 2:30 - 6:00pm
Join a panel of experts discussing the revival of Orthodox religious art in Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Monastic revival, art history, musicology, theology, and architecture will be represented as the subjects of the various talks. For more information, see the event page. For a list of speakers and abstracts, click here.
Georgian Music at Yale
Anchiskhati Quartet, March 4, 8pm
The Anchiskhati Church Choir, of Tbilisi Georgia, are the undisputed leaders of the widespread contemporary revival of the suppressed traditional form of Georgian chant, as well as some of the leading scholars of the history and theory of this globally significant medieval repertory. On the present tour, they will be performing a selection from their latest project, "The Orthodox Paschal Cycle." The singers expertly negotiate the complex polyphonic forms of these familiar Paschal texts, their voices precisely tuned to the unique other-worldly harmonies and intonation styles of the Georgian harmonic idiom. In addition to chants from Holy Week and Pascha, the performance will conclude with several para-liturgical songs from the folk repertory, accompanied by traditional instruments such as the goatskin bagpipe (chiboni) and a four-string lute (chonguri).
Full 2016 US Tour Schedule for the Anchiskhati Church Choir
Upcoming tours (2016)
Cathedrals of Tao
Culture tour to Tao-Klarjeti (West Georgia and Turkey)
June 17-28, 2016
Viticulture & Highlands
Culture tour to Tusheti National Park (East Georgia)
July 1-12, 2016
Projects (2015 - 2016)
Yale Georgian Chant Group
A project focused on the repertory of Artem Erkomaishvili (1887-1967), last of the great master chanters. Rehearsals weekly.
recent Tours (2015)
Cultural Heritage Tour
Colchis & Svaneti, West Georgia
July 1-12, 2015
Highlands Cultural Tour
Armenia & Georgia
July 17 - Aug. 2, 2015
In the news
PRI The World (syndicated on BBC, NPR), December 2012, featuring John A. Graham, the nuns of Bodbe Convent, Malkhaz Erkvanidze, and the Martvili boys choir
Deutsche Welle Program, December 2012, featuring John A. Graham, seminarians at Gremi, and the children's choir of Lagodekhi.
TravelWeekly.com, November 28th, 2012, on travel to Georgia. Mentions georgianchant.org as offering unique tours.
7:30pm Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015
Dwight Chapel, Yale University
$15 ($12 students)
Sakhioba Ensemble Tour
October 24 - November 11, 2012
After a spectacular tour including thirty workshop and concert appearances, see video and audio links of the tour, as well as links to purchase Sakhioba Ensemble recordings.
Join us for a weekend of singing with song-master Malkhaz Erkvanidze, who will be teaching Georgian folk and instrumental music after his recent three week performance tour with the Sakhioba Ensemble. Co-faculty members include John A. Graham (Georgian sacred music and improvisation), and Patty Cuyler (American, Corsican, South African).
ISOCM Conference, June 2011
John A. Graham, Ekaterine Diasamidze, and Davit Shughliashvili taught Georgian chant workshops at this year's International Society for Orthodox Church Music conference, held at the University of Joensuu Theological Institute in Joensuu, Finland. June 6th - 12th, 2011. For photos, videos, and other content related to the conference, click here.
Featured in the NYTimes
The article, "Sacred Chants Reverberating Once Again," interviewed John A. Graham and Luarsab Togonidze for information on the history and preservation of Georgian liturgical music. See additional photographs here.
See our updated Archival Recordings page for Gramophone recordings of Georgian chant from the early 20th century
Chant preservation movement
See our brief survey of the 19th century Transcription and Preservation movement of Georgian Chant, with links to more information
on Georgian Chant